Learning how to prioritize the daily tasks we have to juggle can be a real challenge.
I’ve recently received a lot of questions about how I design my day. People ask about my overall lifestyle and how I do the things that matter to my heart and bring me the most joy. They wonder how I prioritize my time, space, and energy to sustain and grow my business while also maintaining my self-care and prioritizing relationships with others.
As you can imagine, it’s a lot to juggle. Just like you, I get overwhelmed, overworked, stressed, and anxious about keeping all the balls in the air. Over the years, I’ve learned the hard way how NOT to structure my time, space, and energy.
I’ve also learned how to cope with the many internal ups and downs that occur when consciously creating your lifestyle and business.
I’ve experimented a lot with my workflow and have settled on a few key elements I’d love to share with you.
1.) Prioritize Self Care Above All Else
Maintaining a clear mind, happy body, and fulfilled heart is the key to making everything else in life flow and flourish.
If you don’t take the best care of yourself, you can’t show up fully for yourself, your family, or your clients. You can’t give from an empty cup. So, schedule daily self-care time where you can unplug from your devices and responsibilities to just be with yourself.
I set aside a minimum of 2 hours per day for this self-care time. I fill this time with pilates, yoga, myofascial release, journaling, playing with my pets, walking in nature, dancing to music, etc. Whatever my heart calls and my body needs on that given day is what I do.
2.) Establish Blocks of Time For Work
Studies show that we are far more productive and efficient when we work between 5-6 hours per day. As a recovering workaholic, I would easily work 18 hour days back to back. So, the idea of working less and achieving more was very intriguing.
Over the last few years, I’ve learned to prioritize my tasks and block my time. 2-3 hours in the morning and 2-3 hours in the afternoon evening are when I am at my best energetically. This ensures the work I do is the highest quality, and I have the rest of my day to take the best care of everything else.
When you are designing your ideal work blocks, consider how awake and energized you are at different times of day.
Add in movement breaks away from your devices out in nature or with other people to give your brain and body space to breathe. Set this schedule on your calendar and stick to it for a few weeks. Feel it out and adjust as needed.
3.) Cut Out All The Noise
Distractions come in MANY forms. Whether it’s family, pets, social media, eating, watching TV, chores, or your own internal dialogue and limiting beliefs, distractions prevent you from doing the things you need to do to enjoy your life and run your business efficiently.
When you find yourself getting distracted, turn off and unplug from the things that pull your attention. Turn off your phone and find a quiet space. Communicate with everyone around you that you need to be left alone, and get going.
Often times we find ourselves unconsciously scrolling through information online, absorbing too much, and not doing or producing anything. Can you relate?
So stop absorbing, comparing, and overthinking. Just create!
I turn off my phone, stay out of my inbox, and only allow 1-2 tabs open on my browser if I am working on something online. Otherwise, it’s too easy to get pulled in a thousand directions.
4.) Set Better Boundaries To Support Your Growth
What boundaries do you currently have in place to ensure your time, space, and energy are protected, enhanced, and best utilized?
Build better boundaries and tear down old ones that no longer serve you. That’s the key to your personal and professional expansion.
Learn to say NO to things that drain you. Start saying YES to what uplifts, excites, and empowers you. Notice what people, environments, and experiences drain and uplift you. That is the true art of it all.
How can you construct your day to include more of the things that matter to you and less of the things that crush your soul?
I have set boundaries around social media, my diet, fitness, connection time with my husband, social time with friends, work, etc. I make sure I get it all in with the most ease, grace, and flow.
Hopefully, these tips are super helpful for you. Do you currently practice any of these? What would you add to my list? Comment below and let me know!!
Love & Blessings!
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